Hazardous Chemical Agent Risk Assessments & Monitoring

‘HCA’ or “hazardous chemical agent” is identified as any toxic, harmful, corrosive, irritant or asphyxiant substance, or a mixture of such substances in the workplace. A Chemical Risk Assessment will help employers to identify and manage the risk from chemical exposure, as per the Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Agents, 2020, Regulation 5.

Employers Legal Responsibilities are:

  • Assess to which HCA an employee may be exposed and what effects this may have on the employee.
  • Ensure that all employees are adequately informed and trained on how to manage chemical substances.
  • Provide medical surveillance for all workers exposed to chemicals.
  • Install a safe working procedure regarding the use, handling, storage and labelling of the Hazardous Chemical Agents in the workplace.
  • Train employees on the procedures to follow in the event of spillages, leakages or any other emergency situation.
  • Training for employees on the correct use of ‘HCA’.

Employee’s Responsibilities are:

  • Employees must be aware of the potential risks to their health caused by chemical exposure.
  • Employees need to take precautions to protect themselves against the health risks associated with chemical exposure, by wearing protective clothing and respiratory protective equipment.
  • Employees must accept training on the necessity of correct use and maintenance of safety equipment.
  • Follow safety precautions and procedures while handling ‘HCA’.

For more information on Hazardous Chemical Agents go to: www.hse.gov.uk